With some estimates noting that as many as 1 in 10 of America's elderly suffer some abuse, the phenomenon is a growing problem in a nation that offers few resources to deal with it. Many cases, however, are believed to go unreported, and awareness of the issue remains low. "We really are not addressing it as a society the way we should," said Carol Silver Elliott, CEO of the Cedar Village retirement community, whose Shalom Center helps victims of elder abuse.

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